Oh sweet death metal how I’ve missed you. After a week away from metal reviewing I’m back to a genre I adore. Bloodphemy’s sophomore album In Cold Blood is here to get me right back into the fray and what hits me straight from the start are the really deep and freaking great vocals from Olivier van der Kruijf. Where has this guy been all my life!? I’ll be honest I wasn’t at all sold on the bands debut Bloodline in 2017 but wow what a difference it makes switch vocalist! Not only that the band overall has got their shit together and plays a heavier, meaner sound than on the debut (sometimes I even think they’re close to the brutality of Deranged). How’s that for an upgrade!?
Lets get one thing straight, it’s hard not to get your head banging for this release. You’ve been warned! The album length is just enough that together with the meaty buzzsaw riffs and Oliver’s sick vocal performance will get you hooked throughout the album. Old-school death metal fans will rejoice that Bloodphemy has taken a major step, no a leap, as a band. There is much to like here for fans of the meaner side of death metal with acts like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Sinister and Pestilence in mind. They still have some ways to go but the brutal and evil sound on display here is more than enough to keep this album in my repertoire for death metal this year. If you just want to check out one song then I have to advice on “Bloodline”, damn that is a song for the heavy gym sessions!
Written by J.B.
Label: Black Lion Records
For fans of: Morbid Angel and Sinister
Release date: April 12th, 2019
Favorite song: Bloodline
Score: 3.5/5 Very good